In my new WIP, The Boyfriend Plague, one of the central issues is a fairly controversial one. All of a sudden, I'm seeing references to it everywhere. Magazine articles, newspaper opinion pieces. It's everywhere. And everyone seems to have impassioned opinions.
One part of me is cheering. Good work Kate! You've tapped into the cultural zeitgeist. Another part of me is saying 'uh oh. By the time this book comes out (assuming it does) this issue's gonna be done to death'.
It's something I have very passionate feelings about myself, and in my first draft, I didn't include this particular plot line. I veered close to it, but steered clear of actually going the distance with it, but now that I'm revising, I see that I can't leave it out. It does one of the characters a disservice. It's too important to pussy-foot around.
Have you ever noticed that often, when you learn about something new, or become fascinated with a subject, it suddenly seems to be popping up all over the place? Or you learn a new word that you've never come across before only to find it constantly in the weeks that follow?